It's getting closer. Can you feel it?
In early February, just a few short months from now, Nick Diaz will return to the UFC from a year-long suspension. Diaz was suspended after testing positive for marijuana—his second offense in Nevada, hence the stupid and unjust length of the suspension—after losing to Carlos Condit last February.
The welterweight landscape has changed quite a bit since Diaz went on hiatus. Georges St-Pierre returned and put an emphatic stamp on his claim to the welterweight title. Johny Hendricks vaulted to the top of the contender's list by beating Josh Koscheck and crushing Martin Kampmann. And Condit, despite a losing effort to St-Pierre, proved that he's every bit one of the best welterweights in the world.
But there's still something missing, and that something is Nick Diaz. In the following slides, I'm going to tell you why.